Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lazy Sunday # 186: Finding The Words

Winston Churchill once said of Americans – “They will always do the right thing -- after exhausting every other possibility”.

Observing the current level of animosity and rancour that exists in American political debate, it’s hard to imagine that Americans will ever again find common ground and be able to treat one another with decency and respect.

And then you have moments like the ones that occurred yesterday in Shanksville, Pennsylvania as past Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton and Vice President Joseph Biden dedicated the Memorial to the passengers of United 93.

Three men representing both ends of the ideological divide, and who have all had occasion to say very unkind things about one another, set that aside to speak from the heart about how what had happened in the skies over Pennsylvania meant to them and to their country.

Each was a magnificently constructed oration. And each gave you the impression that when it really matters, when the moment is right, both sides are capable of doing the right thing.

I’m certain others in New York and Washington will similarly find the right words as the events of September 11, 2001 are remembered.

But these are all well worth recalling.

Enjoy Your Sunday.

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